MEET THE TEAM
Simon is a Photography Lecturer, Photographer, Videographer, Researcher as well as a co-founder of SkillMix. Simon is a partner in Cacao a collective which provides creative communication solutions, social documentation and educational projects that address the needs of its client and/or the local community. Awarded an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College University of London (2007) Simon has also been an Associate Research Fellow within the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths and periodically works as part of a research team for COMPAS, University of Oxford. Simon's research has focused on the production of Photographs and short films related to the themes of youth participation within media projects, urban regeneration and the dynamics and impact of migration.
Simon holds a PGCE in the Management of Learning and Teaching, has been a fulltime Photography lecturer at Havering College of Further and Higher Education (2010 - 2015) and to date is also a Visiting Tutor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London on the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures.
Music and Audio projects
Phil is a co-founder of SkillMix, musician and teacher with over ten years of experience of teaching music in secondary schools and delivering music workshops. He studied Guitar Making at Newark School of Violin Making and has a BA Degree in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Phil has also worked for various music charities delivering education workshops across the country.
As a secondary school music teacher his first job was as Curriculum Coordinator for Music at Westminster Academy and from 2009 Phil worked as the Course Leader for Music at Abbey Manor College, one of the country’s largest and most successful Pupil Referral Units based in Lewisham. In both organisations Phil was responsible for transforming the music provision through improving the curriculum, delivery and resources.
Phil plays a variety of instruments and it is these multi instrumental skills and a deep knowledge base of musical performance and pedagogy that enables him to deliver high quality and engaging music learning experiences.
A former 'Highly Recommended BTEC Tutor of the Year' Phil has coordinated many creative projects with musicians from around the world in the UK and travelled from Central America to West Africa and Korea studying and performing with local musicians.